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Mind Wondrin -
Subject: Party at the Fill
In the middle of five days at the Fillmore West, right before they ventured to a booking in Canada. Out of dozens of similar shows from '66 (even from the same venue), this one has the classic version of Standing on the Corner (that was used on Birth of the Dead), and a fanstastic Cream Puff War (cleaned up perfectly on So Many Roads).
Two other highlights: You Don't Have to Ask (which was unfortunately edited on So Many Roads) and one of the best '66-styled examples of Cold Rain and Snow. This was a label showcase gig (hence the format), which is why it was taped. Bobby likes to say they blew the important ones, and this isn't the single best example from '66 but the suits probably didn't know that. Nonetheless, average for '66 with a few highlights and a unique setlist (concise versions) that gives it historical interest.
1st set: C
2nd Set: C+
Overall: 2 1/2 Stars
The miller89555 source seems to finally present the show cleanly and correctly (the databases don't agree - apparently most sources were chopped up for various purposes?).
OM ManiPadmeHum -
shrill on dat hammond pigpen!!!
shrill on dat harp!!!
wail dem blues away!!!
Subject: most of these early shows
Why are most of these shows only avaiable in stream wheres the download version?
Subject: The Grateful Dead: Show #45 and #44
1966-07-17 and 16
Apparently there is debate as to where the intro (before Viola Lee) truly stands. 2 nights for the price of one... And 2 bands for that matter (however not seen on the tapes). Listen to tracks 11-20 then 1-10 for chronological happiness. Can't get much older than this, eh, Mr. Gans? Awesome show... I mean shows.
Don't give the song away! and spare a match. Don't Ease Me In... Great song... Short and sweet. More of the ">" (jam) symbol... That's what I like to see. Ron's tearing it up on SOTOTW. Cold Rain And Snow> GMLSG> Baby Blue is nice to hear. At about 9 min. into GMLSG is the kind of trademarked Billy sound I love.
In The Pines held resemblance to Garcia and Grisman material. Cardboard Cowboy is a funny little number... This is the first I've heard it. And one more Next Time You See Me... Can't get enough.
Subject: A treasure
What an incredible treat that we have this wonderful recording more that 40 years later. I wasn't alive yet when this was performed but this recording transports you back in time.
An extra star just for existing!
I'm happy to see others who have a special love and appreciation for this sublime and special era of the Dead. There is a raw lysergic energy that emanates from these 60s tapes and eats your mind. Hearing the band progress through 66, 67, and 68 makes us witness to a glorious ever morphing transformation - much like the music itself. Thanks to those crazy freaks who rolled tape and captured the acid-drenched, neuro-chemically tweaked and twisted sounds.
Subject: Need help
I'm new on this site, i want to know how can I dowload the files ?
Subject: what a time to be alive
Was 17 in 66...born in the city...went to HS in San Bruno...hard to say if I was at this particular show...if you were there, you know what I mean... the days, the dance halls, the sunshine/fog in the park; it all just sort of blurred together. I DO, however, remember an overcast day in 66 when the Dead came down the Street on a flatbed truck and led everyone, dancing in the streets, down to the park near Kezar where the HA made a big circle with bikes and Jerry handed out lsd oranges on the last day before it became illegal.
This show would have been when there were carpets and couches with stand up ashtrays in front of the stage and the dancing was behind...with blacklights suspended from the ceiling 3 or 4' over the floor with people laying under them getting painted. There wasn't the same separation between musicians and audience as there is now...it was more a matter of 'hey, we brought instruments to this party, what did you bring...?' Dancing shoes, pockets full of goodies to share and a shit-eatin grin. Puppet show upstairs. Free handbills and posters advertising the next show that typically ended up on someone's coffee table cleaning seeds, floorboard of somebody's car or thumbtacked to the wall until you moved or they just disintegrated...
what a treat here, awesome the whole way through, except for the opening and closing tunes being cut
Subject: Great Show
I am a big fan of this era even though I wasn't even close to be alive in 1966. However I've heard my share of tapes, and saw the dead numerous times in the 90s. That being said, I really love how tight the band was and further.. Jerry's sound is amazing in the 60's. I think he played a gibson during this year and his chord selections during jams are mind bending. The band as a whole play some incredible shows during these years, so glad I have a moment to stop and listen. I've been watching this site grow more and more over the years and there are sooo many good shows!
Subject: top notch
This has to be the best f*ing site for the real Grateful Dead fan I have ever seen. Every song is a jem in excellant sound quality. I hope you realize the appreciation I have for this.
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Subject: The real Summer of Love
Anyone who was in the S.F. scene will tell you the real summer of love was in 1966. LSD was still legal earlier in the year and huge quantities were shiped in from European labs and of course, home brewed by Bear. The press, tourists, and street kids hadn't ever heard of Haight/Ashbury. Acid Tests, Merry Pranksters, The Quick, the Grape, The Airplane, Big Brother and...THE DEAD were blowing peoples minds up and down the coast with a new sound. Oh if I only were born in the right year! The music on this tape is the best representation of what a Grateful Dead show would sound like during that age of exploration. The sound quality is SO good, you can close your eyes and imagine what it would have been like to dance on acid at the Fillmore in front of this great band. I can only imagine anyone who was there at this show wishes they would go to sleep and wake up back in time on that day!
The Pines, Cream Puff War, Standin on the Corner are highlights here. This show has my favorite version of Viola Lee Blues. I am so glad this moment is preserved in time and available here on the IA! THANK GOD FOR YOU GUYS!
Subject: Flat-out awesomeness!
It's hard to believe that this recording is almost 43 years old, as the sound is just pristine. Overall, I'd have an extremely hard time picking a better show from '66. 11/19/66 comes close, but this one has an edge simply due to the fantastic sound, not to mention it's just plain epic for '66.
The Dead were just going for it, giving their all with every performance, and this is a good example of the band just starting to discover their unique, psychic chemistry with one another.
Fantastic early versions of Cream Puff War and Viola Lee Blues, and I still get blown away by the former, because of the fact that that's JERRY singing! Every time I play it for someone, they'll inevitably say, "Wow, Pigpen can sure belt it!" And I'll say, "Hell yeah, but that's Jerry singing!" The whole band just had such an intensity in '66, that people only familiar with post-'67 Dead may have a hard time realizing that this is in fact the same band, give or take a member or two, depending on the era.
Of course, Pigpen is in top form here, but no endless rap jams from him, but still, you can tell from this performance just what a talent he was, both his playing and his vocals. He was seriously one of the best blues frontmen of the era, and if his health hadn't failed him, he could have become even more of a legend than he already is.
If your new to pre-primal Dead, this is a great place to start. Thanks to Charlie and David for this incredible peek into this amazing time in the Dead's history.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" July 16, 1966 at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
~SUMMER OF LOVE~
5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for the Charlie Miller Transfer
A "MUST HAVE" show for collectors of 1966 GRATEFUL DEAD.
Charlie did it again, another audio Masterpiece.
I recommend clicking on Charlie Miller's name and collecting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1966.
I miss 1966.
In the pines, In the pines....Ah, to be in the pines along the Eleven point river in January listening to this stuff. Thank you archive. Thank you Mr. gans and Mr. Miller
Subject: Still blows my mind
To consider again and again the influence of traditional music with the Grateful Dead - Know You Rider, In the Pines, Sitting on Top of the World. To philosophize for a moment - a part of musicianship is extending the value of music through the ages. Gratefully we can listen and share - many thanks!